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Earlier than and After House Tour

It’s enjoyable to mirror on all we’ve achieved. Life actually isn’t at all times a picture of an ideal earlier than and after, however they positive do really feel good… even when they only present progress.

As our residence has developed this earlier than and after submit has, too! I wish to replace it every year with new initiatives and residential decor concepts.

Our residence was lately featured within the St. Louis Publish Dispatch. Now we have so many extra initiatives to come back that I can’t wait to share with you!

julie blanner and family in front of white farmhouse
Our household of 5 at a native lavender farm, Longrow Lavender. Picture by Sarah at Candy Smiles Pictures.

I hope you take pleasure in this little up to date tour of our humble residence. Use the drop down Desk of Contents menu to navigate this submit to completely different areas of our residence.

Earlier than and After

At this time, you’ll discover some new, never-before-seen photographs and angles of our residence, and an up to date household picture so you’ll be able to see how the women have grown!

Are you able to consider the distinction within the picture above, in comparison with the unique one under? It’s such a thrill to observe them develop and alter.

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It’s been virtually eight years since we moved to our Tudor model residence in St. Louis… whilst I kind these phrases I can’t consider how rapidly time has flown by! Whereas the outside model of this home wasn’t our dream, it has develop into residence and I find it irresistible increasingly more on a regular basis.

Through the years we’ve executed a variety of initiatives, huge and small to adapt our residence to suit our life-style and aesthetic. There are nonetheless a variety of initiatives to do, however I wish to take the chance yearly to do a fast earlier than and after.

It helps to remind myself that it was value it!

Exterior Curb Attraction

The place to begin? The outside! I want I had photographs of the entrance of our freshly painted residence (sure, we’re portray it for the second time, because it had been eight years and we had some wooden rot).


Nevertheless, we’ve been ready for the climate to heat as much as full the challenge, and now after all we’re ready on contractors! That’s the way it goes with renovation initiatives.

We’re lastly taking the leap, really – after watching this White Brick Home makeover we’ve got determined to paint our brick! Quickly, I’ll present you the remainder of the house painted in Benjamin Moore Swiss Espresso.

However for now, right here’s a sneak peak of our storage with our new copper gutters and my favourite copper lanterns. What do you assume, ought to we polish the aged end on the lanterns to match the brand new gutters?

cream tudor garage with copper gutters and bike

For the primary spherical of exterior paint, we selected our favourite Tudor Paint Colours, added a a lot wanted new roof and landscaping reworked the outside of our residence.

everyday white exterior

The spring blooms simply may be my favourite, although the autumn colours are troublesome to beat via the diamond paned home windows.

They gracefully body our copper mailbox on an iron submit (discover the mailbox in my store). The submit was painted to match our exterior paint colours in Sherwin Williams On a regular basis White.

copper mailbox accented by pink blooming tree

The entrance porch has sudden appeal with a pebble porch. Quickly we’ll change the entrance door and the brick will probably be painted to showcase the brand new copper gutters.

fall front porch decorating ideas


The entry was so darkish with gentle blocked in each route. We eliminated the closet to make the lounge seem bigger and to permit the sunshine to shine via.

We changed the slate with hardwood flooring and eliminated the carpet on the steps changing it. In some unspecified time in the future, we’ll seemingly add a stair runner however it hasn’t occurred but.

A dark entryway in the before photo for a home's before and after makeover
pink blooming branches in a blue and white vase in an entryway, staircase behind

The entry together with a lot of the foremost stage, was painted in Sherwin Williams Zurich White. The popcorn ceilings have been eliminated and we additionally changed the sunshine fixture with a brass flush mount.

As you’ll be able to see, our entryway is now a large open house, with views into a number of rooms of our residence. It feels brilliant and lightweight, giving glimpses of a wide range of areas.

I hope it’s additionally heat and welcoming to friends… that’s at all times the purpose!

Half Tub

The half tub initially felt cramped and the bathroom place felt extra like a throne.


We relocated the bathroom, added botanical artwork (changed by a wreath for holidays), painted, added hardwood flooring and made the house really feel extra open with a Parisian sink.

You may get all the main points about our half tub right here.

Every house is designed to effortlessly transition from one season to a different with a easy change, like changing DIY Wall Decor with a Christmas Wreath!

A bathroom with a pedestal sink and wooden mirror


The workplace is the primary house you see off our entryway. This will shock you, however an orange room with a chalkboard mounted taxidermy isn’t actually my factor.

We found parquet wooden floors beneath (discover out when you’ve got wooden floors) however they have been broken when carpet was put in so we opted to proceed our hardwoods into the workplace as properly.

A room painted orange with a deer on the wall

The workplace is now a peaceful, purposeful house stuffed with conventional decor.

neutral office space with slipcovered chair, velvet curtains and floating desk

Household Room

The ladies name it the library, as a result of it’s the place the vast majority of their books reside and so they snuggle up on the couch to learn.

We changed the blinds with bamboo shades, the grates within the doorways have been eliminated, painted and changed carpet with hardwood. You possibly can see the outcome under!

blend old and new to create a neutral room with interest

I included my Grandmother’s Linen Cupboard that had been handed down a number of generations.

Living room organization - linen closet

My Nice Grandmother’s piano is a household room fixture as properly. The fiddle leaf fig brings the room to life.

beautiful family room ideas | fiddle fig piano and sailboat painting

The Pet Pleasant Rug now units the muse for this house. It’s extremely mushy and wipes or hoses clear, whereas providing the looks of a pure sisal or jute rug.

Screened in Porch

The Screened in Porch as soon as felt match for a Woman Scout camp. We painted the inside, added curtains by making Customized Copper Curtain Rods for the Bay Home windows and redefined it as an outside eating room.

Easy home project ideas - Fall Makeover
outdoor living at it's best - a covered screened in porch, perfect for dining and entertaining
We used this house as an outside eating space for a number of years.

Now, it’s a screened in porch we will be so happy with! We screened it in ourselves with a display screen porch package. Try all the brand new particulars we’ve added. We love utilizing this house as an out of doors lounge now.

A white screened porch completed with a screened porch kit.


The deck was so drained and worn. We stained it, added out of doors lighting and furnished the house. You possibly can study Learn how to Stain a Deck right here.

Outdoor Living | Beautiful decor ideas and how to define your deck or patio as an outdoor living room
Outdoor decorating ideas

It lately obtained yet one more makeover that I can’t wait to share with you!

Eating Room

Our Eating Room had a clumsy 60’s window – I wasn’t positive how you can make it work. Finally I repurposed present linen panels utilizing a customized brass curtain rod to outline the window.

Recent paint, an exquisite brass gentle fixture, wooden floors and my Grandma’s eating room furnishings accomplished the house.

Our dining room in progress - balancing dark wood furniture & minimizing dated features
A brunette woman in a white dining room with  traditional furniture and a brass light fixture
traditional dining room

This house has at all times felt under-utlized and uncared for. I’m excited to make it really feel as particular as our heirloom furnishings this 12 months!

Breakfast Nook

The Breakfast Nook has actually developed since we bought the house seven years in the past. We redefined it, added gentle, painted, changed the flooring and added shadow bow molding for character.

Breakfast room, earlier than

Learn all about how we turned it right into a breakfast nook right here, and our image body moulding right here!

wood nook table and chairs

And my favourite, you’ll be able to see it embellished with Christmas Preparations!

christmas garland framing breakfast room

Right here’s how the house appears to be like right now… brilliant and refreshed and prepared for friends. I’m in search of new chairs for this room, any nice concepts?

I’d additionally wish to replace the art work on this house, however I’m taking part in round with completely different concepts to see how they are going to work.

Right here, I’ve moved this gorgeous piece into the house (discover it in my store) and I like the mushy contact of colour it brings over the dramatic black and white cow print.

breakfast nook with brass lantern and rustic wood table


The kitchen has actually developed. Initially we up to date the kitchen to work with the oak cupboards. The primary picture under is the earlier than…

An oak kitchen with dated countertops

Similar View After

You possibly can see how increasing the window and portray the partitions and cabinetry the identical colour brightened the house. The bigger island provides operate and doesn’t really feel “misplaced”. Including a panel prepared dishwasher helps it seamlessly mix in.


A kitchen makeover without paint - making the best of an 80's or 90's kitchen
Stunning mudroom design from luxury home blogger Julie Blanner

And within the after, you’ll see our new kitchen with cream kitchen cupboards stuffed to the brim with kitchen group concepts.

We chosen a Lacanche Vary because the centerpiece of the kitchen and paired it with Inset Cupboards, Beadboard Backsplash, and Unlacquered Brass {Hardware}.

cream kitchen with lacanche range and lilacs

You possibly can discover ways to make this easy Lilac Bouquet right here. I like having summer season bouquets right here proper now, as you’ll be able to see under… get all my ideas for The place to Purchase Flowers right here!

A uncommon view peeking from our kitchen into the impartial lounge, that includes our Brass Lantern pendants.

Simply to the left is the bar space.

Even the cupboard interiors obtained makeovers. You possibly can discover ways to arrange a Kitchen Pantry right here!

kitchen organization pantry

and our Fridge Group has made packing faculty lunches a breeze!

kitchen organization

Powder Room

The small Powder Room felt so tight with a deep storage sink and counters that prolonged over the sink and the bathroom.

powder room before

I utilized a number of tips to make the house look and seem bigger. Because it’s within the mudroom and primarily utilized by children I additionally carried out a number of options to make it simple to take care of.

A small bathroom with brick floors and a pedestal sink

You possibly can learn (within the hyperlink above) to study extra and see a video tour. That is the present view of this house, it’s at all times pretty calm and tremendous purposeful for our household because it results in the storage and yard of our residence.

A small bathroom with brick floors and a pedestal sink


The mudroom additionally felt darkish and tight. We opened it up, added character and made it simpler to scrub – and preserve our residence clear. You possibly can see the earlier than photographs under.

A dated mudroom in a 70s home

Arduous to consider this is similar view of our mudroom! Go to the submit to get all the main points!

Wood vases on a vintage table in a white mudroom.
Wood vases on a vintage table in a white mudroom.
beautiful spring decorating ideas for your home


The storage reeked of smoke and once we moved in. After weeks of airing it out, we nonetheless struggled to do away with the scent. You possibly can study Learn how to Get Smoke Scent Out of a Home right here in the event you’ve struggled with the identical.

Organize your gym gear with an outdoor closet | garage storage and organization

We additionally moved in quick and livid with building quickly to observe. This left us with a disastrous storage till we carried out storage programs like an outside operating group challenge, above.

This peg rail helped pull every thing collectively and was an superior Storage Group challenge!

A garage with cleaning organization painted in a neutral paint color

However this 12 months, we took on a number of extra storage initiatives that basically modified our residence for the higher! We redid the ground with a brand new storage flooring coating, and added this charming potting bench space.

A potting bench painted in a green gray color, flowers and tools on top

Facet Entry and Rear Exterior

Even the aspect entrance obtained somewhat makeover. I did not take a earlier than shot, however this “earlier than” again view of the house provides somewhat perspective.


Along with portray the outside, we retained the sunshine fixture (for now) and door and up to date the {hardware}. It’s superb what a distinction easy tweaks could make.

christmas door decorations garland, wreath and a mini tree

The storage exterior is the very first thing you see as you come across the bend down our road. It stood out – however not in a optimistic approach.

That is one other space that’s at present present process a metamorphosis!


Portray it in a monotone colour with a muted roof actually elevated it. For true tudor model, we included copper lanterns and copper gutters.

cream tudor garage with copper gutters and bike

Residing Room

The lounge is small, which offered plenty of challenges. The hearth felt dated and the moist bar was an pointless use of house. Even Ani was not sure.


We opened up the wall the place the bar as soon as stood, used paint, hardwood flooring and molding to create a timeless house. You possibly can see extra of this Impartial Residing Room right here.

We’ve up to date this house fairly a bit lately, including new Pillow Covers, a brand new lamp, enjoyable accent furnishings from Studio McGee at Goal, and redoing our Bookshelf Decor.

A white living room with a wood coffee table

Oh, and don’t neglect the Samsung Body TV. It’d simply be one of the best factor that ever occurred to our lounge!

A white living room with bookshelf decor.a brick fireplace surrounded by built ins,
A white living room with a wood coffee table


The basement bar, basement toilet and basement stairs initiatives have been all a very long time coming! Lots of our selections have been each purposeful and cheap.

diy staircase makeover with a stair runner rug

After our basement flooded final 12 months, we did one other replace with somewhat paint and simple to scrub LVP flooring it felt like a brand new house! We painted the partitions in Benjamin Moore Swiss Espresso and it’s feeling like a contemporary and enjoyable clear slate.

A bathroom in basement with gold sconces and a mushroom paint color on the vanity

We overhauled the complete basement with a drywall ceiling, can lights, new home windows and flooring (we ripped out cupboards and bars) and a brand new tub.

A small basement wet bar painted gray, beverage fridge to the left

I can’t wait to indicate you the subsequent replace with fairly new furnishings down right here – it’s coming collectively slowly however absolutely.

An empty basement with white walls and a medium toned vinyl plank flooring.

Upstairs Hallway

The hallway was so darkish! It boasts 8 doorways which makes it really feel actually small. We changed the carpet with hardwood flooring, added new lights, new doorways, brass door knobs and extra.

hallway before and after
hall decorating ideas

The Linen Closet was a fast and simple replace that maximized operate. You may get all the main points of how I pare down, what I retailer in there and the cheap labels utilized by visiting the submit.

How to organize a hall linen closet

Shared Lavatory

The corridor tub (which the women share) wanted a variety of assist! It wasn’t even near code, soffits made it really feel small and had two showers!


We turned it right into a Spa Tub – the women use it every day and it doubles as a visitor tub!

Little girls in floral robes in a white spa bath

Ladies’ Bedrooms

The ladies have now switched rooms and every have been redecorated to swimsuit their age. I’m lengthy overdue in sharing them! That is Ani’s earlier room earlier than and after.

how to make a teepee

Right here’s a sneak peek of her new room:

cream bedroom with pink quilt chandelier lamp and star light
pink and cream bedroom with white dresser and crystal light

Adalyn’s Room has undergone a significant transformation this 12 months. She’s rising up earlier than our eyes and deserved a brand new Tween Bed room!

Under, you’ll be able to see the house earlier than we purchased the home and a glimpse of her six years in the past once we first redid this house.

girl bedroom decorating ideas

Once we modified it right into a candy pale pink little lady’s room, I reduce down a console desk to make a desk that doubles as a aspect desk. Simply above it I added somewhat customized phrase artwork.

Now she has an exquisite gold cover mattress, glitzy gold touches and a splash of huge pink peonies on one wall. It’s a enjoyable, grown up house for her!

The now changed material pinboard was good for displaying art work and valuable images.

girl next to dresser with gold pin board and flower on wall

Isla’s Room was small, however purposeful. She has since moved to a bigger room and her former room was transformed into the visitor bed room.

white nursery | girls bedroom design
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We’re lucky to have a Second Degree Laundry Room adjoining to our main bedroom. It’s extremely handy. As you’ll be able to see, we initially gave this room a lightweight refresh with a sink skirt, new faucet, {hardware}, gentle fixture, paint and equipment.

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Now we’ve executed a full refresh, with new cupboards, peg rail, a customized constructed closet so as to add operate and really feel extra intentional and a brand new wall sink.

Wish to see all of the photographs of this gorgeous laundry room? Try our Fashionable Laundry Room replace! I’m in love with our herringbone flooring.

A laundry room with greige cabinets, a wall sink and herringbone floor.
A laundry room with greige cabinets, a wall sink and herringbone floor.

Main Bed room

The Main Bed room has two giant home windows however nonetheless by some means felt darkish.


It, too, obtained somewhat refresh with a bigger challenge to come back!

A romantic bedroom color of warm white on the walls
A romantic bedroom color of warm white on the walls

I’d wish to replace our main bed room bedding this 12 months! Any concepts or ideas on what would look good on this house? We simply added new bedside tables and painted them for a mushy, fairly look.

Main Lavatory

Whereas we haven’t discovered the time or price range to tackle a full renovation of our main tub, we did improve it this 12 months! These easy beauty modifications made a world of distinction.

A bathroom with light gray board and batten

See the total replace about our board and batten right here, and study how you can paint ceramic tile right here!

A small bathroom with painted tile and gray board and batten on the walls

Visitor Bed room

The visitor bed room is easy, but fitted with every thing a visitor wants for a soothing keep. It’s embellished with cheap block print sheets, Craigslist furnishings like this Rattan Mattress and a sailboat portray.

We had customized peel and stick wallpaper made to create an accent wall, however it ended up effervescent and sadly needed to be eliminated. Happily, I like the house simply as a lot with our easy cream partitions.

rattan headboard with traditional bedding and sailboat painting over the bed
door opened to traditional bedroom with bed, pillows and painting above

Thanks for taking time to mirror with me on a earlier than and after look of our residence. Actually, it’s a earlier than and through, however it’s at all times good to take a second and admire what you have got executed while you really feel overwhelmed about your to do checklist.

I usually remind myself that it’s extra necessary to take pleasure in our residence than to embellish it. Take into consideration all of the stuff you love about your private home somewhat than the stuff you don’t. It is not going to solely convey you peace, however may even assist higher outline your subsequent challenge.

Proper now my favourite room is our breakfast room. What’s your favourite room in your house and why?

As at all times, in the event you see one thing you like, you’ll be able to observe the hyperlink to the submit or store our residence right here to be directed to the particular product.



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